SEOUL, Sept. 12 (Korea Bizwire) – A fifth-generation self-driving bus is set to be unveiled in October in celebration of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympics.
With less than 150 days left until one of the world’s biggest sporting events kicks off in the northeastern part of South Korea, the Ministry of Science and ICT announced on Monday plans to showcase a number of ICT services in time for next year’s Olympic Winter Games, including a self-driving bus scheduled to be revealed in October.
As a joint project between KT and Hyundai Motor, the self-driving bus will receive information in real time from a control center so as to avoid obstacles and bumping into other vehicles on the road.
The bus will also be capable of downloading large-scale 3D video files, another impressive feature made available thanks to collaboration between KT and Hyundai Motor.
Alongside the bus, previously scheduled to be unveiled in November, the opening date of the ‘PyeongChang 5G Center’ has been pushed forward by two months to later this month. Located on the second floor of Alpensia Resort’s ski jump lounge, the center is where technologies for 5G network testbeds for the Winter Olympics will be studied and demonstrated.
In addition, a ‘super large’ Ultra HD Premium screen will be set up sometime in October at the transport center at Incheon International Airport. A mammoth display at 15 meters in width and 3 meters in height, the large screen will play promotional videos of the PyeongChang Olympics during the winter season.
In November, the PyeongChang ICT Olympic Experience Zone is set to be completed adjacent to the location of the opening and closing ceremonies, a venue where visitors can experience a number of the latest technologies such as 5th generation networks, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence.
“Creating a sense of excitement is a crucial factor in deciding the fate of an Olympics. To keep the hype going, we’ll promote the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games using the latest ICT technology and do our best until the very end for the success of the event,” Kim Yong-soo, the vice minister of Science and ICT, said.
Later this month, officials at the Ministry of Science and ICT are set to attend a number of international events including the International Broadcasting Convention 2017 in Amsterdam as part of their efforts to promote next year’s Olympics.
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